Find the best food subscription boxes, including recipe box schemes, baking boxes and monthly cocktail-making kits. Food shopping just got interesting!
Let's face it; life is busy and sometimes leaves little time for the things we love, like a meal made from scratch or the chance to try new and interesting ingredients, rather than cooking the same meals all the time. This is why we LOVE anything that brings the enjoyment back into cooking and makes life easier at the same time.
Here, we've rounded up some of our favourite foodie subscription services that take the hassle out of getting round the supermarket every week, or give you the chance to try something new. These box schemes deliver right to our door and make food fun again.
Union CoffeeClub is a coffee-lover's dream, but you don't need to be a connoisseur to enjoy it, with each pack detailing the notes the coffee carries (for example, whether they're nutty, citrus, or caramel) so you can customise future deliveries to receive coffees that compliment your palate. Union carefully hand roasts the coffee beans in small batches on the same day as postage so you really get the best quality and flavour. This is a gift that keeps giving and whether you choose to sign up a friend or family member, or even if you buy yourself a subscription you'll discover plenty of stunning coffee flavours that won't fail to impress.
How much? £14.95 for the Standard package, £20.95 for the Premium package
Get all the fun of baking (and none of the hassle!) by signing up to a monthly baking subscription that brings you everything you'll need to bake a seriously impressive cake that you never thought you'd be able to make. Every month, Bakes Box sends an easy to follow recipe, all the dry ingredients you'll need weighed and measured out for you and a little extra gift to help you bake your masterpiece. Everyone gets sent their box at the end of the month to receive at the same time, like one big bake off! A fantastic gift for a baker, but we're tempted to keep this for ourselves... Coming up next month, there's a Meringue Girls collaboration box! Use the code MYBAKES to get your first box for £10.
How much? A month to month subscription is £11.50, or get three months for £33.75.
One of the original veg box schemes, Abel & Cole's subscription boxes can be tailored to include the fruit and veg you like as well as ethically sourced meat, bread and more. There are also juice, salad and soup boxes to choose from, to inspire you to get more fruit and veg into your diet each week. It's a great way to eat more fresh produce every week, just by making sure you're stocked up every week.
How much? £18.75 for the medium Everyday Easy Fruit & Veg Box, containing 3 fruit and 7 seasonal veg every week.
Each month, Shaken's expert mixologists put together a cocktail-making kit that contains a recipe card and premium ingredients that make four drinks so you can shake up some delicious cocktails in the comfort of your own home. All you need to make sure of is that you've got plenty of ice in the freezer!
How much? From £24 a month.
At around £4 per person per meal, recipe box scheme HelloFresh is cheaper than a takeaway but better for you. Pick from their classic recipe box, veggie box or family box, selecting how many days' worth of meals you want a week. You'll either receive three or five recipes, with all the ingredients already measured out for you. This really takes the hassle out of preparing a meal and means there's no waste whatsoever.
Have a look at what we discovered when we unboxed a HelloFresh box in the woman&home test kitchen.
How much? £39 for the Classic Box, containing 3 meals per week for 2 people.
woman&home has partnered with HelloFresh to get you 50 per cent of your first HelloFresh box.
Snacking will never be the same again! The list of nibbles that Graze offers is growing all time, so your snacking options are pretty endless. Choose from their variety, light or protein boxes and select the snacks that you would most like, as well as how often you want to receive them and you'll never be left feeling peckish again.
How much? From £3.99 per box.
Want to buy food from independent producers and farmers without having to actually go out and find them? Farmdrop has more than 50 farmers and food makers registered - everything from butchers, bakers, fishermen and dairy farmers to chocolatiers and tea-makers. You simply select the ingredients or products you want and they'll be delivered to your door - simple, right! Essentially, it's like an online farmer's market where even in the most urban area you can enjoy a taste of the countryside.
How much? Prices vary. £25 for a Mixed Meat Bundle.
Are you a self-confessed foodie, or need a special gift for someone who is? This is the subscription service for you. Every month, you'll be sent a selection of goodies from a variety of independent producers. You'll be introduced to some more unusual ingredients, condiments and products that you might not have thought to try in the past. If you're fed up of buying the same old things from the supermarket and are looking for something a little more exciting, then this should be right up your street.
How much? Both the regular and vegetarian box are £23.
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